surveillance

Open letter: Response to Google on Project Dragonfly, China and human rights
Open letter: Response to Google on Project Dragonfly, China and human rights 11 December 2018 Various

We are writing to ask you to ensure that Google drops Project Dragonfly and any plans to launch a censored search app in China, and to re-affirm the company’s 2010 commitment that it won’t provide censored search services in the country.

Gendered reality traps: How "objective" machine learning contributes to intersectional exploitation
Gendered reality traps: How "objective" machine learning contributes to intersectional exploitation 03 October 2018 Smarika Kumar for GenderIT.org

Is technology neutral or is coding political? In this article Smarika Kumar explores how algorithms work in the real world, and how they are a reflection of existing biases and forms of exclusion and discrimination in society.

HRC 39: Oral Statement on Cybercrime Law and Media Regulation Law in Egypt
HRC 39: Oral Statement on Cybercrime Law and Media Regulation Law in Egypt 18 September 2018 Access Now, APC

The Cybercrime Law and the Media Regulation Law in Egypt represent an attempt to impose full control over the flow of information online, in what seems to be an effort to close the space for public debate and prevent the exercise of the fundamental right to freedom of expression.  

Statement opposing Egypt’s legalisation of website blocking and communications surveillance
Statement opposing Egypt’s legalisation of website blocking and communications surveillance 06 September 2018 Various

The Cybercrime Law and Media Regulation Law are only the latest steps in the Egyptian government’s attempts to impose full control over the flow of information online. These actions must be opposed in order to defend Egyptians’ human rights.

Action Steps: A decade of civil society advocacy in the information society - A baseline review of the Global Information Society Watch country reports (2007-2017)
Action Steps: A decade of civil society advocacy in the information society - A baseline review of the Global Information Society Watch country reports (2007-2017) 06 August 2018 Alan Finlay

The purpose of this review was to look back over the past decade of country reports published in Global Information Society Watch (GISWatch) and attempt to identify trends in civil society perspectives on what needed to be done to create a people- centred information society.

RightsCon 2018: A conversation on surveillance and gender-based violence
RightsCon 2018: A conversation on surveillance and gender-based violence 05 June 2018 Liza García

Our session was one of the few that tackled gender issues out of the more than 400 sessions at RightsCon.

#Palestine 2017: Palestinian Digital Activism Report
#Palestine 2017: Palestinian Digital Activism Report 07 April 2018 Anan AbuShanab

7amleh – The Arab Center for the Advancement of Social Media published its annual research report on Palestinian digital activism. The report, titled #Palestine 2017, provides information about internet access and usage, examines the most dominant social and political campaigns and viral hashtags, and monitors human and digital rights violations against Palestinians.

States must provide comprehensive protections for secure communications: Oral statement at the UN Human Rights Council 37th session
States must provide comprehensive protections for secure communications: Oral statement at the UN Human Rights Council 37th session 09 March 2018 APC, ARTICLE 19, IFEX and Privacy International

The Association for Progressive Communications, ARTICLE 19, IFEX and Privacy International are gravely concerned about the growing crackdown by states on secure digital communications, including encryption and technologies that enhance anonymity and confidentiality.

Internet landscape of Pakistan 2017
Internet landscape of Pakistan 2017 06 December 2017 Umer Ali and Harris Bin Munawar

Internet Landscape of Pakistan is an indigenous effort to regularly monitor and document the ongoing trends and challenges that impact digital and human rights in the country. This is the third edition in the series.

What is sexual surveillance and why does it matter
What is sexual surveillance and why does it matter 06 March 2017 Dr. Nicole Shephard for GenderIT.org

Sexual surveillance, you may have guessed, cannot simply be reduced to a distinct instance where x happens to y (e.g. where men surveil women). Instead, we can think of the expression “sexual surveillance” as a shorthand to talk about an assemblage of several interdependent gendered, sexualised, and racialised modes and effects of surveillance. And suddenly, the last question becomes the mo...

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